The Law and the Lord's Supper
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
May 3, 2009
Now before we share in the Lord's Supper tonight ... please take God's Word and turn with me to Galatians 3. There are many people today trying to obey their way to heaven. You ask people if they think they are going to heaven when they die .. the majority will say, "Well, I hope so. I'm doing the best I can. I'm trying to be a good person" as though being a good person gets a person into heaven.
Well .. the church at Galatia must have had some members who thought the same thing. For Paul says in Galatians 3.10, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse, for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."
Now do you know how they got under this curse? By trying to please God. They wanted to please God with their life. Let me ask you a question: do you want to please God with your life? Well .. if you love Jesus you do! If you've been saved you do.
If I were to ask for a show of hands of those who want to please God with their life .. hands would go up everywhere.
So would theirs! They thought that God would be pleased with their life by doing the best they could. So .. they didn't beat their wife .. they paid their taxes .. they obeyed the law the best they could and do you know what the Bible calls them? CURSED.
Verse 10, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse .." That's why Jesus came. He came to set us free from a life of regulations into a life of liberty. He came .. He died .. He arose to set us free from the bondage and the curse of the Law.
Now somebody says, "Well, then, what was the purpose of the Law to begin with? Why did God give the Law if that by not keeping the Law we can be saved?"
Great question and Paul has the answer beginning in verse 19-25, "What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because ...
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